The Congress is set to play music in Punjab in the run-up to assembly elections in the state. Starting Saturday, the party will play at various venues a five-minute theme song that yearns for its leader Amarinder Singh forming the government after next year’s polls.
“Chaunda Hai Punjab, Captain Di Sarkar”, meaning Punjab wants Captain’s government, has been sung by Shahid Mallya and Richaa Sharama. While Mallya had lent her voice to the famous Chitta Ve song of controversial movie ‘Udta Punjab’, Sharma won an award for the ditty “Sajda” in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘My Name is Khan’ (2010).
The peppy song will be shared with all Congress leaders, party sources said. It was test-played at Halke Vich Captain—an outreach programme of the Congress—in Nawashahr and Hoshiarpur earlier this month.
Congress leaders say the theme song has three broad messages. It attacks the present Akali Dal-BJP government on issues such as “mis-governance and unemployment”. The song, poised to be used in “every Congress event and rally”, will be disseminated also through mobile and online media, party sources said.
A former chief minister and now president of the Punjab Congress, 74-year-old Singh is referred to as ‘Captain’ because of his ex-army man status. The party has projected the Amritsar MP as the state’s 2017 chief ministerial candidate.
A Congress leader involved with the campaign said the song generates hope to change Punjab. “It will get people into the Bhangra mode,” he added.
The theme song opens with line “pind pind the sheher sheher, bas ikko challe leher leher (there is only one wave in every village and city).
Facing a stiff challenge from the ‘outsider’ Aam Aadmi Party, the song raises the pitch to elect “ghar da banda” (son of the soil) who also knows the state’s culture and history. “It calls for giving Punjab’s leadership to an experienced hand who “understand every bit of the soil”. And, it calls for action—every stanza of the song ends with “chalo”.
The song promises the return of happiness, and that people will rejoice on the fields.